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a) Summer Work and Travel USA – a cultural exchange program, created and administered by the U.S. Department of State whose main objective is to explore the American culture, lifestyle and work, acquiring new knowledge and skills and building friendships with American citizens and students from all over the world;


b) J-1 – a nonimmigrant type of visa for participants in cultural exchange programs, allowing the visa holder to enter the USA and to work legally during the period listed in the DS-2019 form;


c) Sponsor – an American organization, authorized by the U.S. Department of State to conduct selection of participants according to certain criteria and to issue a certificate for participation in a cultural exchange program;


d) DS-2019 – a document issued by the Sponsor, which is used to certify that the participant meets the criteria for participation in a cultural exchange program;


e) SEVIS – the name of a database created by the U.S. Department of State which collects information about all applicants willing to participate in educational programs and cultural exchange programs. The use of the database is mandatory and a different fee is paid depending on the program type;


f) Job Offer – a document which contains information about the conditions of a temporary job, for instance: employer name, worksite address, pay rate, instructions for transportation to the worksite and description of a recommended housing;


g) Job/Skype Fair – an organized meeting between employers/ Sponsor representatives and participants in the cultural exchange program Summer Work and Travel USA in order to meet one of the criteria for participation in the program (providing/ finding of temporary job offer. The meeting can be in person or virtual;


h) Vetting process – a mandatory process which is carried out by the Sponsor and it is associated with verification and approval of the conditions of the job offer and the employer;


i) Vetting documents – documents, required for the verification of a PARTICIPANT’s employer, including copy of business license, copy of Worker’s Compensation certificate of insurance policy, etc.


j) Health Insurance – medical insurance, matching certain requirements set by the U.S. Department of State, concluded by the Sponsor concerning a participant in a cultural exchange program;


k) Program Start date – program start date, approved by the Sponsor and specified in point 3 of the DS-2019 form and in the job offer;


l) Program End date – program end date, listed in point 3 of the DS-2019. After this date the participant is entitled to a thirty-day grace period;


m) Grace period – name of the thirty-day travel period – part of the cultural exchange program Summer Work and Travel USA. The grace period begins after the program end date listed in point 3 of the DS-2019;


n) Arrival Check-In – a mandatory registration which must be made by the participant in a cultural exchange program, in the SEVIS system through the website of a Sponsor. Deadline for registration – within 7 days of the PARTICIPANT’s arrival in the USA;


o) Monthly Check-In – a mandatory registration which must be made by the participant in a cultural exchange program, in the SEVIS system through the website of a Sponsor. Deadline for registration – every 30 days from the program start date;


p) Cultural activities – a mandatory participation in cultural activities for every participant in a cultural exchange program – a requirement by the U.S. Department of State. Examples of cultural activities: dinner with American friends, visiting museums, sightseeing, visiting national parks, attending and participating in musical or sport events;


q) Program termination – early termination of the program of a participant by a Sponsor due to violation or non-compliance with the rules and requirements of the program for cultural exchange.


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